Lavanya Naidoo is a paper artist and tactile designer based in South Africa, whose talents and mastery in quilled artwork and typography are absolutely stunning. I was particularly drawn to her piece entitled “Thorn in My Side,” a personal project where the quote was inspired by the musical lyrics from Ash’s song ‘Shining Light’ and it aptly fit into her love for David Austin roses.
She wanted to incorporate two different paper techniques into one piece, paper sculpting and paper quilling. She started by forming the paper block letters and sticking them in place. She then created the paper rose outlines, and lastly quilled the remaining roses to add finer detail. She claims the project itself ironically became a thorn in her side, as she pushed herself to completing it to the point of almost losing interest. All in all, however, it is one of the pieces that she is most proud of.
You have always been a thorn in their side
But to me you’re a shining light
You arrive and the night is alive
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life
– Ash “Shining Light” lyrics
via Lavanya Naidoo